Demands for Republican Cave-in Need to be Rejected

I’m tired of being depressed about the re-election of Obama and listening to the doom and gloom from my fellow Republicans advocating that the Republican Party needs to move more to the left in order to win elections.  We don’t need to run away from our core convictions, to do so would only move the nation toward a one-party system.  Even though many of us are shaking our heads in disbelief that Obama won re-election, especially given our national debt and the nation’s unemployment rate, overall election results support the fact that the Republican Party needs to clarify, rather than revamp, our political positions.

Obama won, yes, but with a slender three point margin in the popular vote (332 electors to 206 for Mitt Romney).  Looking further at election figures, you’ll find that while the GOP lost two seats in the Senate (it still maintains a 45), the party maintained its sizable margin in the House.  In fact, in 2010 the party took a staggering 63 seats away from the Democrats and this year gave up exactly eight—making a net Republican gain of 55 since the elections of 2008. The GOP thus has a comfortable House majority of more than 30 seats.

Also, the party now boasts no fewer than 30 governors—60% of the nation’s total—representing more than 50% of the country’s population. The GOP picked up one of these statehouses this year, adding to what was already a record total, losing no ground at all to the Democrats.

And finally, as of this year’s election, there are 37 states that have one-party rule–governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers controlled by a single party (unfortunately, Washington State isn’t one of them). Of these, 24 are in the hands of the GOP, with a mere 13 run by their opponents.

In Island County we’ve replaced Margaret Haugen and Angela Homala with Barbara Bailey and Jill Johnson, maintained Norma Smith, and elected Dave Hayes – no small feat.

Instead of  moving to the center, the Republican Party needs to build even more effectively on the solid foundations of the present and stand firm for our core principles — major among them:  enforcement of civil and religious liberty to protect the sovereignty of the individual citizen, that limited government is the foundation of a free society, economic opportunity to ensure that each generation is better off than the one before it, federalism to maintain local control over government policies, enforcement of our immigration policy to protect our borders, that family is the first and most important institution which preserves a free society, and that a strong America is a free America.


  1. Well said. This short video from just a few days ago of Charles Krauthammer reiterates some of your major points and also characterizes “the White House’s opening proposal in the fiscal cliff negotiations to the surrender terms offered General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House to conclude the Civil War.”

  2. I shake my head in disbelief that Republicans are so good at distancing themselves from the obvious truth that Republican politicians are just as responsible for the mess this country is in as are Democratic politicians. If you ignore the words and look at the ACTIONS of Democratic and Republican politicians, there is no significant difference between the two parties over the last few decades.
    Regardless of who controls Congress and/or the White House, American citizens get treated to more debt, more war, and less personal freedom. The only difference between the two parties is which personal freedom they want to take from you first.

    Until a critical mass of voters that call themselves either Democrats or Republicans stop calling each other names and blaming the other party for our plight, the mental aberrants that are calling themselves our leaders will continue on the current course until the whole thing crashes and burns.

    Rebublican politicians do lip service to the principal of smaller, limited government and to personal freedom. Freedom OF religion also means freedom FROM religion, and until they truly embrace the freedoms expressed in the Constitution, many people will vote for the likes of Mr. Obama to avoid having religious ideology translated into legislation that they are forced to live by.
    I would suggest you look up and understand “classic liberal”. It describes a combination of beliefs that simply are not represented in modern politics, and why freedom-minded people often resort to voting for Demopublicans instead.

  3. I agree. The GOP also needs to get technologically on board and use social media to educate voters as who we are and what we stand for.

    1. I agreed with the original comment by CrimsonTides, not the comment made by JMM, seems both our comments were hitting the blog around the same time.

  4. The Washington State and National Republican Party have made themselves irrelevant over the past twenty-four years. It must rid itself – attrition doesn’t work – immediately by any means necessary – of its dinosaurs, rinos incompetents and ego driven “leaders”, and focus on real leadership. For years genuine dedicated, qualified candidates have been rebuked or shunned because “they didn’t fit”. The D.C. House of Representatives and Senate can set a winning course and pace by dumping John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and SELECTING replacements based on leadership, not seniority and favors. Here, in Washington, unbelievably, some are suggesting Rob McKenna in 2016 knowing the history of 2012, and that of thrice picked, loser Dino Rossi. Adopting Tea Party philosophy, rejected by current Republican powers, could be a winner for Republicans not focused on their personal fortunes and reelection desires, but the good of The Republic.

    Congratulations to Barbara Bailey, Dave Hayes, Norma Smith and Jill Johnson. Thank you all who supported, campaigned and voted for them.

  5. As voters we caste our vote for the person(s) we feel most qualified to represent us. Just because the person we voted for didn’t win doesn’t mean that the other candidate is incompetent — except perhaps in our personal opinion because they weren’t our candidate of choice. Unless we are privy to what goes on behind closed doors, I think we need to be careful who we call incompetent or ego-driven. We need to support our elected officials, not tear them down — that only hurts the party. If they don’t do the job we’ve elected them to do, we vote them out. I’m curious, when you accuse the Republican Party of “rebuking or shunning genuinely dedicated and qualified candidates because ‘they didn’t fit’”, who exactly are you referring to? I’d like to know.

  6. I’m not one who is dejected with the election results. Remember, no matter how far the pendulum swings in one direction, it WILL swing the other way!

  7. I asked you to support your accusation that the Republican Party of “rebuked r shunned genuinely dedicated and qualified candidates because ‘they didn’t fit’”. I didn’t accuse you of being depressed over the election results. Please support your accusation.

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